All Are Related

About This Project


All Are Related is an addition of geometrical sculptures based on the dodecahedron, the fifth platonic solid that represents aether. Like the other four geometric sculptures in the Nothing ‘is’ Immediate project, the form is commonly found in nature, but generally hidden from human perception.


The work was created during the 2021 COVID Pandemic Lockdown, a time when the galleries scheduled for the Nothing ‘is’ Immediate project were closed to the public. With limited access to his studio, Spencer spent time observing the habits of birds in his garden, which backs onto woodland. As with many of us he noticed that the dramatic decrease in road and air traffic noise, presented a noticeable rise in the volume of birdsong. Media reports suggested that the sound and sighting of birds across the UK were having positive effects on our mental health and resilience to cope with social challenges.


Spencer’s reaction to this was to creating nesting boxes using reclaimed wood and the form of a dodecahedron. In tune with the much larger sculptures in the series, the form is a metaphor for the protective space that enables new life to incubate within aether. The nest boxes were installed in trees outside the partnering galleries of the Nothing ‘is’ Immediate project, during a time when the galleries were closed to the public. The three galleries include: Sandham Memorial Chapel, Chapel Arts Studios and spudWORKS. The bird boxes will remain outside their prospective galleries to provide shelter during winter 2021, and encourage public awareness of nesting during Spring 2022, and how we can make positive interventions to support the natural environment.


An additional nesting box that incorporated a miniature by David Spencer (Tony Spencer’s nephew), was exhibited as part of the group exhibition Relational Beings – exploring co-connection at Chapel Arts Studios. The work explores stories within their family ancestry, and allowed time for them to develop new ideas, sharing creative capital that helped to manage their mental health and wellbeing.


Materials: reclaimed pallet wood, wood, 3D printing, flock


© Tony Spencer and David Spencer 2021